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Vet Arena Community Rules : Announcements; Membership Agreement By posting on the VetArena you agree to abide by VetArena.com Membership Agreement and any directions made by the Moderating Team. The Membership Agreement is not meant be totally encompassing of all allowed and not allowed behaviour or content, it is a short as possible guide as to ... Vet Arena Community Rules


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Vet Arena Community Rules

Vet Arena Community Rules

(Last Update : 1/2/2011)
Membership Agreement

By posting on the VetArena you agree to abide by VetArena.com Membership Agreement and any directions made by the Moderating Team.

The Membership Agreement is not meant be totally encompassing of all allowed and not allowed behaviour or content, it is a short as possible guide as to what you can and cannot do here that most reasonable people will have no major problems understanding.

We want the Forumwebsite to be available to as wide an audience as possible therefore this website has been subdivided into different categories, and these categories into more specific areas of interest.

The VetArena Community is a discussion board and we want it to be a friendly and lively (if challenging) forum for a mature audience and therefore will endeavour to ensure that civility will be the norm, but this does not mean that Members will be insulated from all insults and certainly not from challenges; the nature of the Forum inevitably involves strong emotions and opinions which can result in heated exchanges. Having your views challenged is not considered unfriendly nor uncivil.

VetArena is read by many people in many different locations (including work and educational locations), so consider if the content you are posting is “NSFW” (Not Suitable For Work). This could include pictures, audio and video and links to other sites containing such material; please err on the side of caution and if you are not sure if something is NSFW mark it as such and provide a clear warning to other Members of the nature of the content or contact with us before making your post.


Rules for all sections of the Discussion Boards (includes private messages & visitor messages and any other kind of post)

1. Please Be civil and polite.

2. You will not post anything that can be considered to be potentially criminal. The posting of computer viruses, pornography and adult contents, or links to computer viruses or pornography and adult contents is strictly prohibited. As are posts made under circumstances indicating a considered likelihood of inciting a violent or felonious act, or an intention or knowledge that its content will be used for, or in furtherance of, any criminal purpose. (Such posts will be moved offline and referred to the appropriate authorities.)

3. You will not post anything that is pornographic, obscene, or contains excessive reference to violence and/or explicit sexual acts. This includes representational artwork as well as photographic or video media and includes linking directly to such content from the discussion boards.

4. You will not post anything that demonstrates a clear and present danger to the welfare of another person, or otherwise tends to create alarm or apprehension that the welfare of any person is in imminent jeopardy. (Such posts will be moved offline and referred to the appropriate authorities.)

5. You will not post "copyrighted" material in its entirety and do not post large amounts of material available from other sites.

6. You will not "hotlink" unless it is explicitly allowed by the website.

7. You will not spam, flood or otherwise post in a manner that disrupts the functioning of the Forum, this includes using disruptive formatting in your posts and signatures.

8. You may only have one Membership account. Only the person registering an account may use it. Multiple accounts made by one person will be blocked automatically.

9. You may only post a Member's personal information if it is both publicly availableand is relevant to the ongoing discussion.
10. You will not post anything indecent. This includes content that depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in an offensive manner.

11. You will not swear in your posts. This includes using swear words in a disguised form, for example, by replacing certain letters in the word with another letter, character, or image.

12. You will not deliberately attempt to derail topics or start topics in the wrong section, and please search before making a new topic.

13. “Address the argument, not the arguer." Having your opinion, claim or argument challenged, doubted or dismissed is not attacking the arguer.


Content
Although the administrators and moderators of the VetArena will attempt to keep objectionable messages off the VetArena, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages, posts, private messages and articles express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the VetArena, will be held responsible for the content of any message.



Copyright
Any post or article published on the VetArena by a Member is the copyright of the Member and VetArena.com, it may not be reproduced, copied or otherwise re-published without the express permission of the Member and VetArena.com. By posting on the Forum a Member grants the VetArena a non-exclusive licence to publish, republish or reproduce their work, in its entirety or as the VetArena sees fit, in perpetuity. The VetArena GmbH is the copyright holder of the VetArena.com.


Account deletion
Its not possible to remove your account at VetArena.com , but if you do not like to receive VetArena.com emails, its possible to un-subscribe your email address from VetArena.com's Database.



Privacy
VetArena is committed to safeguarding your online privacy and does not sell or share the information you provide during registration with any other organisation.



Forum Rules
By agreeing to these rules and the Membership Agreement, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws. The VetArena.com reserves the right to remove, edit, move or close any post, topic or article for any reason at any time.



Reporting

The Moderating Team consists of volunteers and it is not intended that they should be monitoring all posts on the Boards, and such oversight would not align with the spirit of the Boards therefore the moderation of the Discussion Boards relies on the support of the Membership and we do ask Members to consider using the report button to report posts they believe breach the Membership Agreement. Please refrain from publicly stating that you have reported a post though, since that tends to achieve nothing more than further derails and bickering.

The report button may also be used to make requests such as editing titles, and in general for bringing things to the attention of the Moderating Team.

Reports are considered confidential and may be exempt from many rules, if the information contained is directly relevant to the report. However, they are still expected to be civil and should not be used to make attacks against other Members.

Warnings, Suspension & Banning

While there are several methods available for the Moderating Team to issue warnings it is the content of the warning that is important and any and all warnings should be considered to have equal weight.

When possible and when appropriate, requests and warnings will be issued publicly, usually in the topic where the breach occurs. The Moderating Team may also use private messages and emails with requests, warnings and general advice if they feel it is more appropriate to do so.

Members who have ignored prior warnings or committed a serious breach of their Membership Agreement may have their Membership suspended for a period of time or even be permanently blocked. Decisions to block or suspend are made by the Administrators or VetArena staff.

The Discussion Boards does not use a points system to determine actions and there is no minimum or maximum number of warnings or suspensions required before stronger action is taken. History, context and the severity of a breach are all taken into account to determine the appropriate action.


Appeals & Complaints

When suspended you may still send support tickets via VetArena Contact us form.


Feedback :

We at VetArena Community are trying to do our best to provide a friendly and useful place for our members, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas.You can also give us your suggestions or feedback HERE.

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